Are we subjects, or citizens?
In a great article in the National Post, columnist John Robson made an interesting, and very timely comparison. He pointed out that “Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau are adopting the same bad habits as former kings.”
Robson was referring to the upcoming beer tax, which is now scheduled to increase every year automatically.
Robson explained that many Kings resented having to go in front of Parliament to ask for money every year, and tried everything they could to avoid being accountable to parliaments and the people. Robson also notes that – while the Queen may technically be Canada’s head of state – for all intents and purposes Justin Trudeau exercises power very similar to that of a monarch, and has a similar reluctance to be accountable to Parliament.
Says Robson, “Kings sold offices and honours, extorted loans, and resorted to expedients like Charles I’s extraction of “ship money” from inland cities. But in the end they had to come to Parliament, mostly reluctantly, or face deposition and worse. Thus by the time of James II, the preferred course was to try to get money automatically beneath a façade of Parliamentary consent.”
And, as Robson makes clear, the way Prime Ministers exert power, “including extensive use of executive orders, remain much the same,” as those wielded by monarchs. “As does impatience with the vexing requirement of obtaining the informed consent of MPs,” adds Robson.
The arrogance of Trudeau
In his article, Robson compares Trudeau’s beer tax to the actions of King James II. The King grew weary of going before parliament every year to ask for money – viewing at as a “humiliation.” So, writes Robson, “he exploited a national security panic to be granted English duties for eight years on vinegar, tobacco and sugar and, yes, wine, worth some £400,000 back when that was real money, and even chiseled a quarter million pounds a year for life out of the then-separate Scottish parliament.”
Adds Robson, James II “made such ill use of the money that three years later the English Parliament and nation showed him the English channel. And the lesson was learned, for some time. Make them come back every year. Apparently it is now being unlearned.”
Robson’s comparison is more correct than many people might think. Trudeau’s beer tax bypass Parliament by setting the tax to increase automatically every year. So, a tax increase is approved once, and then goes on for ever.
It’s an incredibly arrogant and undemocratic policy, and it’s disturbing to see a move in that direction.
In almost every way, the Prime Minister is Canada’s head of state. The PM represents Canada to the world, appoints the cabinet, manages the executive, appoints senators, and appoints Supreme Court Justices.
Not only does the PM wield massive institutional power, but the way political parties have constructed themselves gives the PM massive political power as well. The PM can block the nomination of their party candidates, kick people out of their party permanently, and take control of their party to such an extend that some leaders rule for decades at a time. When this party dominance is combined with the institutional power our governing system gives to the PM, it brings them very close to being elected dictators, or elected monarchs.
This is where Trudeau’s arrogance comes into full view. While Stephen Harper had a personal leadership style that was certainly very controlling and often rigid, his actual policies devolved power to the provinces and the Canadian people. He lowered taxes, which reduced the financial power of the government, and increased the financial power of Canadians. He respected provincial jurisdiction far more than previous Liberal or Conservative governments had. It’s no coincidence that despite his low approval ratings in Quebec, support for separatism in that province collapsed while Harper was in power. He respected the right of different provinces to make their own choices, and that increased – rather than decreased – national unity.
Trudeau is a clear contrast. Despite his crafted image as an “open” and “modern” politician, Justin Trudeau is exhibiting the same arrogance that befell the Kings of old. He is increasing the tax burden on the people, using the coercive power of the state to force us to give more of our hard-earned money to those he controls, he is refusing to enforce our immigration laws, he is putting the interests of his elite club ahead of the interest of Canadians, and he is imposing his policies on provinces – even against their wishes.
Those are just some of the ways Trudeau is acting like a King, rather than a democratic leader, and this means we must face two serious problems:
The first problem is Trudeau’s attitude. Some combination of his history – the fact that his father was Prime Minister and he inherited the Liberal Party – and his elitist big-government ideology, has led him to believe he is above the people he is supposed to serve. He believes he shouldn’t have to explain himself or justify himself to us, which is a big reason he skips question period so often. And he believes that all of us work only to enrich him and his government, as evidenced by his endless tax increases and policies which enrich his globalist friends – including some of the world’s largest international financial institutions.
The second problem is the system of government itself. It is not responsive enough to the wishes of the Canadian people, and it concentrates immense power in the hands of politicians. Outside of elections a few times per decade, the Canadian people are powerless, as we are reduced to the role of subjects, not citizens. That’s why I have said Canada needs a political revolution to change our system. We need the power to recall the politicians, we need the power to initiative binding referendums, and our system needs to be dramatically decentralized – with power pushed from the federal government to provinces, municipalities, communities, and individuals.
Trudeau thinks he’s a king, we must prove him wrong
Justin Trudeau thinks he is above us all. He thinks he is above accountability, above the rules, and – as John Robson’s article pointed out – he even thinks he’s above asking parliament for money.
In his time as PM, Justin Trudeau has shown that he sees himself as a King, not a democratic leader. We must prove him wrong.
We must make it clear that public service actually means serving the public. We must refuse to be treated as “subjects,” rather than citizens. If Trudeau is allowed to get away with his arrogant and unaccountable governing methods we will send a message to all future wannabe monarchs that they can gain immense power on the backs of the Canadian people.
To stop that from happening we must first ensure that Trudeau is defeated in 2019, and then ensure that we reform our system of government to put power back where it belongs: In the hands of the Canadian people.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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